Saudi women plan on driving illegally

  • Women in Saudi Arabia have planned on protesting the country's law and taking to the road. 

    According to the organizers, over 16,000 people have demanded a "valid and legal justification" of the law and signed an online petition in support of the protests on Oct. 26. 

    "It's a matter of fear of change, which will easily be overcome if women show them that we are ready," one of the participants said. 

    A Saudi cleric claimed last month that driving can damage women's ovaries and a ministry spokesman mentioned that those encouraging women to drive will face punishment. 

    "It's past time to address the country's systemic discrimination," a Human Rights Watch researcher said. "Driving could open roads to reform."

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